Saturday, 18 February 2017

January 14, 2017

125 years ago

Died on this date
Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence and Avondale, 28
. The oldest child of the Prince of Wales--the future King Edward VII--was second in line, after his father, to the British throne. Known to his family as "Eddy," he died during an influenza epidemic. Prince Eddy's fiancee, Princess Mary of Teck, married Eddy's younger brother George, who became King George V in 1910. Prince Eddy's character and intellect have been the subjects of speculation by historians.

60 years ago

Died on this date
Humphrey Bogart, 57
. U.S. actor. One of the most famous movie stars in history, "Bogie" won the Academy Award for Best Actor for The African Queen (1951), but is probably better known for his starring roles in movies such as The Maltese Falcon (1941); Casablanca (1942); and The Big Sleep (1946). He was a heavy smoker and drinker, and died after a painful battle with throat cancer, 20 days after his 57th birthday.

50 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Australia (Kent Music Report): Ooh La La/Ain't Nobody Home--Normie Rowe (3rd week at #1)

#1 single in France: Paris en Colère--Mireille Mathieu

#1 single in Italy (FIMI): Bang Bang--Dalida (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Dandy--The Kinks (4th week at #1)

#1 single in the Netherlands (De Nederlandse Top 40): Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones (2nd week at #1)

#1 single in the U.K. (New Musical Express): Green, Green Grass of Home--Tom Jones (7th week at #1)

#1 single in the U.S.A. (Billboard): I'm a Believer--The Monkees (3rd week at #1)

U.S.A. Top 10 (Cash Box)
1 I'm a Believer--The Monkees (4th week at #1)
2 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
3 Tell it Like it Is--Aaron Neville
4 Sugar Town--Nancy Sinatra
5 Good Thing--Paul Revere and the Raiders
6 Words of Love--The Mamas and the Papas
7 Standing in the Shadows of Love--Four Tops
8 Coming Home Soldier--Bobby Vinton
9 Winchester Cathedral--The New Vaudeville Band
10 That's Life--Frank Sinatra

Singles entering the chart were The Beat Goes On by Sonny and Cher (#74); Danger! She's a Stranger by the Five Stairsteps (#82); I Can't Please You by Jimmy Robins (#86); Something Good (Is Going to Happen to You) by Carla Thomas (#87); It May Be Winter Outside (But in My Heart it’s Spring) by Felice Taylor (#88); Tramp by Lowell Fulsom (#89); I'll Take Care of Your Cares by Frankie Laine (#92); For What it's Worth by Buffalo Springfield I Wish You Could Be Here by the Cyrkle (#97); Sweetest One by the Metros (#98); and My Cup Runneth Over by Ed Ames (#99). My Cup Runneth Over was originally from the Broadway musical I Do! I Do! (1966).

Canada's top 10 (RPM)
1 Snoopy vs. the Red Baron--The Royal Guardsmen
2 I'm a Believer--The Monkees
3 Mellow Yellow--Donovan
4 Mustang Sally--Wilson Pickett
5 Sugar Town--Nancy Sinatra
6 Words of Love--The Mamas and the Papas
7 A Place in the Sun--Stevie Wonder
8 Talk Talk--The Music Machine
9 Single Girl--Sandy Posey
10 That's Life--Frank Sinatra

Singles entering the chart were Tell it Like it Is by Aaron Neville (#58); Another Night by Dionne Warwick (#79); You Got Me Hummin` by Sam and Dave (#81); Music to Watch Girls By by Al Hirt (#82); Papa was Too by Joe Tex (#83); Hello Hello by the Sopwith "Camel" (#87); Pretty Ballerina by the Left Banke (#88); I Dig Girls by J.J. Jackson (#93); Grizzly Bear by the Youngbloods (#94); Wish Me a Rainbow by the Gunter Kallman Chorus (#95); Kind of a Drag by the Buckinghams (#96); Hang on to Me Now, Baby by Linda Layne (#97); Hey, Leroy, Your Mama`s Callin` You by Jimmy Castor (#99); and I Take it Back by the Standells (#100). Wish Me a Rainbow was from the movie This Property is Condemned (1966).

40 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in West Germany (Media Control): Money, Money, Money--ABBA (5th week at #1)

#1 single in Switzerland: Daddy Cool--Boney M. (14th week at #1)

#1 single in France: Voici les clefs--Gérard Lenorman (2nd week at #1)

Died on this date
Anthony Eden, 79
. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1955-1957. Mr. Eden, a Conservative, sat in the House of Commons from 1923-1957 and held several cabinet posts, most prominently as Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1935-1938, 1940-1945, 1951-1955). After a long wait, he succeeded Winston Churchill as Prime Minister, but poor health and political fallout from the abortive 1956 Anglo-French invasion of the Suez Canal in November 1956 led to his resignation on January 9, 1957. Mr. Eden joined the House of Lords as the 1st Earl of Avon in 1961.

Anaïs Nin, 73. U.S. authoress. Miss Nin was known for her journals and erotica.

Peter Finch, 60. U.K.-born Australian actor. Mr. Finch had a lengthy and distinguished career in radio and films in Britain and Australia, but was best known for playing newscaster Howard Beale in the movie Network (1976). He then played Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the made-for-television movie Raid on Entebbe (1977). On January 13, 1976, Mr. Finch was a guest on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson; he collapsed with a fatal heart attack the next day in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel. On March 28, 1977, Mr. Finch became the first posthumous winner of an Academy Award for acting, being named Best Actor for Network.

Indianapolis 5 @ Minnesota 9

The win over the Racers at St. Paul Civic Center was the last game for the new Fighting Saints, who had played as the Cleveland Crusaders from 1972-76. The franchise folded on January 20.

30 years ago

Hit parade
#1 single in Sweden (Topplistan): One Love to Give--Stephanie

Died on this date
Douglas Sirk, 89
. German-born U.S. movie director. Mr. Sirk, born Hans Detlef Sierck, fled Nazi Germany in 1937 for Hollywood, where he was best known for melodramatic films such as Magnificent Obsession (1954); All that Heaven Allows (1955); Written on the Wind (1956); and Imitation of Life (1959).

Economics and finance
The United States dollar was valued at 152.77 Japanese yen, the dollar's lowest value since the end of World War II.

25 years ago

A male and female California condor were released into the wild as the first step toward restoring the birds to their natural habitat. Reduced to 27 in number in 1987, there were now 52. By April 2011, the number had increased to 394, 181 in the wild.

20 years ago

Died on this date
Dollard Ménard, 83
. Canadian military officer. Brigadier General Ménard commanded Les Fusiliers Mont-Royal, and was the only commanding officer who survived to return to Britain after the disastrous landing of Canadian troops at Dieppe on August 19, 1942.

10 years ago

NFC Divisional Playoff
Seattle 24 @ Chicago 27 (OT)

AFC Divisional Playoff
New England 24 @ San Diego 21

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